May 17 2021
Often a hive of activity from the eight nonprofits that call it home, the Higgins Center for Nonprofits on Collett Avenue has reached a whole new level of activity in recent days.
A crane, concrete mixer and nearly a dozen hard hats were on site, helping to meet a long-standing need in the 10,950 square foot building.
Although it has provided a good home for a number of nonprofits since opening in 2015, the Higgins Center has always presented a dilemma: how to renovate and make full use of the rectangular building’s interior courtyard.
“With that yard in the middle of this building, you can’t access nothing,” said Mike Murphy, CEO of Bowling Green Construction Company Scott & Murphy Inc. “Everything in there was built before they added the fourth side to the building. “
He and several of his employees have been on site at the Higgins Center, doing work to meet a need identified by the centre’s directors.
Approached by Higgins Center committee members Ashley Reynolds and John Kelly about adding a better wheelchair ramp to the yard, Murphy and his staff took the project to a new level.
“I didn’t think it would be such a big project,” said Reynolds, executive director of the South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block organization. “They’re totally renovating the yard, adding a patio and a wheelchair ramp, and redoing the steps.
“It’s a huge gift. They saved us tens of thousands of dollars.
Murphy said his company was able to work on the project just because the time was right.
“John (Kelly) said they wanted to improve the yard so that it was more usable,” Murphy said. “But he didn’t know how to do it.
“We had a bridge team that had just finished work on one bridge and was waiting to start another project. They had a big crane with a boom that could reach the building right into the yard. “
Using this crane, workers were able to pour concrete for an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp, new patio, and new steps in the yard of a building that was once the headquarters of Minit Mart. before the founder of this company, Fred Higgins, authorized the building to be used to facilitate the work of the associations he supported.
“The old ramp really wasn’t functional,” said Murphy, “we’re building a new one. One part can be used as a puppet scene, so it will serve two purposes.
“The steps to the building were out of code, so we’re fixing that. This yard will become a usable space for all tenants.
This is good news for Jennifer Capps, executive director of the American Red Cross in South Central Kentucky.
“Our board members want to meet in person, so hopefully we can use that space and have an outdoor meeting,” Capps said. “… We appreciate it happening and that we will benefit from it.” “
Murphy estimated that he and his team will spend about three weeks on the job, and he pointed out that Reynolds Concrete Service and Bowling Green Concrete both donated materials to the project.
“It’s not just me,” he said. “My employees allow me to do this. We have so many great local and regional clients that allow us to do things like this.
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